Common Japanese Phrases: Are you ok?

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Common Japanese Phrases: Are you ok? – Review Notes

Today we learned how to ask someone if they are okay in Japanese. We also learned the answer to this question in Japanese, I am okay. In this review, you will also learn the opposite response, I’m not okay.

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Number 1:

 大丈夫ですか (Daijōbu desu ka?) means are you okay?

 You can also just say 大丈夫?(Daijōbu?) with a rising intonation but this more casual.

 You can use this expression if somebody gets hurt, looks sad, or in any other situation that causes worry.

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Number 2:


 大丈夫です (Daijōbu desu) means I’m okay or it’s okay in Japanese.

 大丈夫です (Daijōbu desu) is the most common response to the question 大丈夫ですか(Daijōbu desu ka?)

 A more casual way to say it is 大丈夫 (daijōbu) or 大丈夫だよ (daijōbu da yo).

 Just like in English, people often say they’re okay even when they are not because they don’t want to cause others trouble.

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In case you were wondering…

There is a way to say I’m not okay or it’s not okay. Although it is not used quite as frequently, it might still be helpful to know in some situations.

★ 大丈夫じゃない (Daijōbu ja nai) – casual way to say I’m not okay

 大丈夫じゃありません (Daijōbu ja arimasen) – formal way to say I’m not okay

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Conclusion:

These expressions can help you to show concern for others as well as to respond for others’ concern for you. If you remember these expressions, you will have a much easier time communicating and forming relationships with others in Japan.

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The second opening song for Cardcaptor Sakura says “daijōbu” a lot! It is a really inspiring song!

Cardcaptor Sakura!

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  1. There is a Perfume song called “だいじょばない” that apparently means “I’m not okay.” Is that very informal or slang or something?
    Thanks!

    Comment by Spensyr on 10/30/2014 at 10:05 pm

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